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Tennis without the Williamses, for better and worse

Updated: March 11, 2009, 3:16 PM ET
By Stephen Tignor, TENNIS.com

Every year since they were booed so heavily in 2001, we've wondered whether the Williams sisters will return to Indian Wells. It had seemed to be a dead issue until the tour's new Roadmap 2009 was announced. In it, the event had been made into a mandatory stop for all qualified women players. Would the Williamses bow to this and end their boycott?

The answer, which came without much discussion, has been a definitive no. WTA chief Larry Scott seems prepared to throw in the towel. He's ...

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